Crossing the bridge will lead into Furumachi town. An old commercial district dating back to the Edo Period and hosting many Japanese-style restaurants (ryotei) and small shops, it is famous largely for offering establishments at which customers can be served by geigi, (a person synonymous with a geisha). Some of the geigi and Japanese restaurants in Furumachi, have long been famous and many had their heyday in the years before WWII when Furumachi was thought one of the three main entertainment districts (hanamachi) in Japan (the others being Gion in Kyoto and Shimbashi in Tokyo). There are scores of alleys and the town preserves the old entertainment area feel. Still now, in the 21st century, traditional restaurants of lore can be seen entertaining on a lavish scale but while this is of interest to the majority, ordinary folk can feel awkward or out of place at a ryotei due to the image / cost issues usually involved. For this reason, a recommended alternative is the "Niigata Syoku-no-jin (Food Festival in Niigata) held from December, 2005 to March, 2006.



Nishibori 6 bankan bldg 4F, 6-894-1, Nishiborimae dori, Chuo ku, Niigata city, Niigata


新潟県新潟市中央区西堀前通6番町894-1 西堀6番館ビル4F



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